News anchor reveals boss's gross messages after being sexually harassed for years

12 February 2016 / 8 months 1 week ago

Iranian TV News Anchor Sheena Shirani has been putting up with years of sexual harassment from her boss -- and is finally fed up with his advancements.

According to Distractify, Shirani, a 32-year-old single mother, began working at Press TV in 2007.

She revealed that the news director at the TV station, Hamid Reza Emadi, made unwanted sexual advances towards the anchor for over half-a-decade, repeatedly pressuring her to have sex with him as a repayment for his support at the news station.

Here's a transcript of one of their conversations, which Shirani posted to Rooz Online's Facebook page.

Shirani: I'm angry with you.
Emadi: What did I do? I didn't even touch your breasts. Your breasts drive me crazy, but I didn't touch them.
Shirani: When I ask you to leave me alone —
Emadi: Did I do anything? Did I even touch you?
Shirani:  You didn't necessarily have to touch me —
Emadi [aggressively]: Did I touch you?
Shirani [sighing]: I don't want to talk about it.
Emadi: I didn't do anything to you. I didn't touch you. Could you do me a favour?
Shirani: What?
Emadi: Will you do it for me? I'm really desperate. Satisfy me.
Shirani: What does that have to do with me?
Emadi: It's hurting me. My balls are bursting.

“I always stood by you,” Emadi writes in one correspondence. He later refers to himself as a "pervert motherf**ker" and sends her a selfie with the caption "Hot boss." 

According to jpost, Shirani responded:

“I come to work for peace and security.

"You can’t expect me to help with this particular [sexual] need because I’ve been friendly with you. I just want to work with you and consider you as a colleague.

"This is sexually objectifying me."

The conversation abruptly ends when Emadi asked Shirani to perform oral sex on him.

This is not the first time Emadi has been embroiled in controversy. In March 2013, Emadi was blacklisted by the European Union after he chose to air forced confessions extracted from political prisoners. The EU subsequently placed a travel ban on the news director and froze his assets he possessed in Europe. 

For Shirani's part, she left the news station in January 2016 and was reportedly living outside Iran.

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